July 6, 2012
Well, all you people that keep buying this thing and making it go out of stock
in one day could at least leave a review, couldn't you? Guess I'll do my own,
after 4 attempts at getting one of these.
I was really interested in this pencil due to the fact that I love to use 4B
lead, and it's rather annoying to have to keep clicking the feeder between every
sentence or partial drawing.
While the Automac does a great job of automatically advancing the lead, it is a
little weird how it does it, and I'm not sure exactly how it works, and I'm not
quite sure if I like it yet or not. Based on my observations, while continuing
to write when the lead is almost gone, the lead sleeve will slightly back off of
the lead, to allow you to continue to write, and then as you lift up on the
pencil, it will advance the lead, however, it is just barely out of the lead
This causes a little bit of a strange writing feel, in that if you don't advance
the lead yourself, you are always writing with the lead just barely sticking out
of the lead sleeve. Sometimes this can cause the lead to not mark as dark of a
line as you'd like, depending on the angle at which you hold the tip. If you
are really slanted, when you write, this will be more of an issue, however, if
you write almost vertically, it won't be an issue at all. I played around with
it, and am satisfied with the movement of the lead when auto advancing. It's
just something to be informed about.
As far as quality, it is a well designed and manufactured piece. At first, I
thought the black portion was metal, but when I got it, I thought it was
plastic, until I took it apart to inspect it. It appears to be made out of
brass, and then painted with some type of really hard enamel paint. It is
really glossy, and has a kind of sparkle to it, which is cool. The grip is also
interesting, it is not aggressive like some others I've used, but still has
enough of a grip to be useful, frankly, it almost feels soft, even though it's
made out of metal, quite a different feeling than expected.
I also did not know that the tip is retractable, like a ball point pen, not just
allowing the sleeve to slide back in, it's like the vanishing point pencils,
which is really nice. Click gently to advance the lead, click more firmly, and
it retracts the tip and a significant amount of extended lead back into the
body. Pretty nice bonus.
The clip is really firm, a little more firm than I'd like, but it may keep you
from losing it, if you actually put this in your shirt pocket. I put mine in my
messenger bag pen slot, and it's somewhat difficult to get in the pocket,
clipped in, at least.
I'm really happy about this purchase, and it will probably be my go-to pencil
for a long time.
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